This red-bellied woodpecker unexpectedly came racing across the back yard and landed with a plop upon our bird feeder. I watched as it casually enjoyed a snack of sunflower seeds and then retreated to the top of a pine tree for a little exploration.
“The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation of acquaintance.” ~Fanny Fern
5 thoughts on “Red-bellied Woodpecker”
I like the red-bellied woodpeckers but unfortunately hear them more than I see them at Council Point Park where I walk. I like how he was perched at the top there as if to say “I am the King!” Enjoying those sunflower seeds made him “feel his oats” as that expression goes.
This is the first time I’ve seen one at the feeder. He was quite bold. 🙂
When I was at Elizabeth Park and someone had broken up some boules onto the picnic table, a red-bellied woodpecker kept visiting the table. He was delightful to watch, as I have only had the one occasion that I got a good look at one in the tree … most of the time I hear them, but don’t see them. We only have the red-bellied woodpecker around here. I follow a blog called “Backyard Bird Nerd” and she had a cute post not long ago about a red-headed woodpecker at her backyard feeder – he was enjoying the treats there. She mentions all the baby birds fledging and visiting her feeders and captures their reactions to finding treats there. Here is Kathy’s woodpecker post: https://backyardbirdnerd.com/2018/06/21/an-unbalanced-diet/
it’s funny how the belly isn’t red but the head is.
Everything I read says it has a pale red wash on its belly that is hard to see. I think this is a female.